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Women in Discipleship (sm)
Weekly Devotionals 2006
 
Week 25
 
"No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous."   1 John 3: 6-7
 
I have heard it said that if you repeat something over at least 21 times then it becomes instilled in you. When I read this passage of Scripture I am reminded of the theme that John states over and over again to his flock. This passage continues that thought.
 
These verses can appear to be hard sayings. Hear me out. We know that in Christ there is only perfect righteousness. So you would agree with me that those who know God and are born of God through Christ are made perfect in Him? This is a Grace experience for the redeemed. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
 
If we "abide in Him" we are pure in Him. He sees us clean, perfect and pure through the eyes of His Son.
 
Here comes the hard part. Sin. We all sin, agree? Well there is a difference between the sin of the redeemed and the sin of the unredeemed.
 
The character of our lives as redeemed children should reflect the righteousness of Christ alone.
 
If habitual sin is running my life then I need to examine my salvation experience. It says here that the one who sins has not seen Jesus or knows Him!   Habitual sinful living cannot be a part of the life a believer. (1 John 1:9) John is very clear on this truth.
 
It all comes down to the "practice" of my life. Is my "practice" external righteousness, manmade and self serving and misguided in the truth of God's Word? (unsaved life style) Or is it the "practice of Christ's righteousness working from within me outward as a surrendered life fleeing sin and lived in His leading? (Galatians 2:20)
 
Many people are capable of good works. The only good work that will be profitable forever is the work that is done in the realm of the redeemed and unto God and His glory. This working theme makes one think about what is really all that important in life and checking to see what needs to go in order to accomplish that which is eternally significant.
 
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
 
What good works are you "practicing?"
Are these good works leading to eternal reward?
 
Character and practice as led by the Holy Spirit produces Christ's righteousness. May we each desire His work daily?
 
A prayer that is good to consider is this: Dear Lord I give You permission to do with my day what You choose. Help me to be faithful to walk in it. In Jesus name. Amen
 
Enjoy His service of worship in the work of your life this week,
Sandra Davis for all of us at the ministry center.

 

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